Things To Do In Khao Lak

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1. Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park

Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park

1,081 km
from city center
1 out of 18
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Named after two of its highest peaks- Lak and Lam Ru; the Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park is located to the immediate south of Hat Khao Lak in the province of Phang Nga in Thailand and is home to numerous species of plants, birds, animals, and marine life. Spread over 125 square kilometres, the Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park is a beautiful amalgamation of sea cliffs, beaches, hills, dome-shaped granite mountains from the Cretaceous period and also tropical evergreen forests.

2. Surin Islands

Surin Islands

93 km
from city center
2 out of 18
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Situated around 60 Km west off the coast of Khao Lak, and oiginally a part of the Mu Ko Surin National Park, the Surin Islands comprises of a group of Five Islands. These islands are namely Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Kai and Ko Klang. Known for dense forests with beaches surrounded by corals, Surin Islands is most visited by snorkelers, nature lovers, and wildlife photographers hoping to indulge in diving, snorkelling game fishing, and hiking. Lacking development, it is also a haven for people looking for a quiet refuge.

3. Bang Niang Beach

Bang Niang Beach

5 km
from city center
3 out of 18
things to do in Khao Lak

Bang Niang Beach is a quiet beach that is excellent for people who aspire to get in touch with nature. Located to the north of Nang Thong on Khao Lak, it has been one of the most popular destinations for backpackers. Bang Niang is known for simple activities and blissful surroundings with the calm, warm waters of the Andaman Sea touching the beachfront.

4. Similan Islands

Similan Islands

67 km
from city center
4 out of 18
things to do in Khao Lak

Similan Islands is an archipelago of 9 small islands which has Malay roots. The Similan islands national park is a UNESCO World heritage site. These are one of Thailand's most stunning places with beautiful marine life underwater and also great birds in the air. There are splendidly pictursque white sand beaches with pristine blue waters. The islands also have many hiking trails for the adventurous soul.

5. Diving in Khao Lak

Diving in Khao Lak

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It isn't a surprise that Scuba Diving in Khao Lak and the surrounding regions is becoming quite a rage. As other prime diving locations in Thailand become more crowded, unexplored and offbeat ones such as Khao Lak rise in demand as a prime base for underwater sports.

Khao Lak lies just opposite to Similan Island, which is a world-famous destination for scuba diving. Apart from Similan & Surin Islands, several more sites exist in the region that are famous for their marine life.

6. Nang Thong Beach

Nang Thong Beach

7 km
from city center
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things to do in Khao Lak

Located in the larger area of Khao Lak, Nang Thong Beach is located close to the village of La On. It is the most popular destination in Phang Nga Province of Thailand. Although it spans just two kilometres, this strip is packed with restaurants, bars, diving centres, and plenty of activities. It may be just 80 kilometres from Phuket, but it offers an entirely different experience. While Phuket is full of energy and adrenaline, Nang Thong Beach is far more relaxed. While Phuket has become highly commercial, Nang Thong Beach continues to retain some of its rustic charm. If you’re keen on seeing Thailand without its notorious crowds, this is definitely the place to be.

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7. Snorkelling in Khao Lak

Snorkelling in Khao Lak

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While many people are naturally drawn to Phuket, Khao Lak can be a comparatively more organic substitute. Khao Lak is a small coastal town located about an hour away from Phuket. From the lush greenery on the beautiful Andaman coast to colourful corals in crystal clear water, Khao Lak in Thailand is not short in natural wonders.

8. Ton Chong Fa Waterfall

Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
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6 km
from city center
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Enveloped by beautiful countryside and the mountains, Tong Chong Fa Waterfall is located within the Khao Sok National Park. Renowned as the “Free Natural Showers,” Tong Chong Fa Waterfall is a stunning waterfall with multiple swimming pools, perfect for taking a break from the summer heat and going swimming.

9. Khao Lak Sunset Beach

Khao Lak Sunset Beach
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8 km
from city center
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Sunset Beach is an idyllic destination for those seeking seclusion on a private sandy beach in Khao Lak. This beach borders the lush hills of Lam Ru National Park and overlooks a stunning, less crowded coastline flanked by casuarinas, boulders and turquoise waters. Sunset Beach lives up to its name, and one can enjoy panoramic sunset vistas from the beach’s luxury bungalows, resorts or lounges.

10. International Tsunami Museum

International Tsunami Museum
4.3 /5

4 km
from city center
10 out of 18
things to do in Khao Lak

Khao Lak was hit by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and has since bounced back stupendously. The International Tsunami Museum is dedicated to preserving the tragic story for subsequent generations in a two-story home on Phetkasem Road. The exhibits show photos and videos of Khao Lak’s tsunami and a real stranded police boat, teach how a tsunami is formed, and cultural and psychological responses to the calamity.

11. Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival
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6 km
from city center
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things to do in Khao Lak

The Vegetarian festival is an annual festival celebrated in towns where people of Chinese origin reside. People dress up in white throughout the festival, with many piercing or self-mutilating themselves and walking on sharp or dangerous objects, which can be pain-inflicting. The Thai people observe this festival for ten days, decided by the Chinese lunar calendar. People who take part only eat vegetarian food for ten days. Parades and firecrackers mark the start of the festival in Takua Pa, and special accommodations are made on the menu for vegetarian items at this time.

12. Khao Lak Beach

Khao Lak Beach
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Backed by an array of swaying palm groves, Khao Lak Beach features a long stretch of blond sands and vantage walking spots for sunsets. Popular for family-oriented activities, kayaking, rafting, sunbathing, and partying after dark, Khao Lak Beach is lined with waterfront bars, restaurants and resort bungalows. Among other eye-catching boulders jutting over the ocean, Elephant Rock is the largest, sheltering a viewpoint.

13. Trip to Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island

Trip to Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island
4.6 /5

61 km
from city center
13 out of 18
things to do in Khao Lak

Tucked between southern Thailand's mainland and Phuket Island, Phang Nga Bay is a fantastic day-trip destination for tourists in Khao Lak. Boasting dramatic karst landscapes, magnanimous caves and turquoise lagoons, this archipelago is dotted with coral reefs and mangrove forests. Among Phang Nga's small islets, James Bond Island and national park is a pilgrimage for 007 fans, with picturesque 66-feet-tall limestone cliffs.

14. Tour an Elephant Sanctuary

Tour an Elephant Sanctuary
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Built with the vision of creating a haven for elephants to retire in bliss and be rehabilitated, Khao Lak’s elephant sanctuaries allow people to learn about them. In addition, they offer the rare opportunity for visitors to feed, walk with, give mud baths to the Asian elephants, and even have some friendly water fights. Phang Nga Elephant Park, Elephant Welfare Centre, and Khao Lak Eco Elephant are the largest sanctuaries in Khao Lak.

15. Rafting in Khao Lak

Rafting in Khao Lak
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Rafting and whitewater rafting are perfect for exploring the jungles of Khao Lak in Southern Thailand. Take traditional bamboo rafts or modern rafts down the Wang Khiang Koo River and Ton Pling Waterfall amidst off-beat tropics, granite boulders and hills. Water sports centres like Sea Turtle Conservation Centre, Sutingroup Bamboo Rafting and Green Andaman provide packages starting at THB 2,000. Local bamboo rafts cost about THB 260.

16. Sea Turtle Conservation Centre

Sea Turtle Conservation Centre
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The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet Sea Turtle Conservation Centre in Khao Lak is a bamboo rafting centre and turtle farm rescuing turtles in danger of losing their lives to fishing industries when trapped in nets or hunted for meat. This centre features tanks for newly-hatched or injured sea turtles, anemones and fish. Visitors can enjoy full and half-day tours of the incubators or go bamboo rafting onsite.

17. Nightlife in Khao Lak

Nightlife in Khao Lak
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Though rarely touted as a party island, Khao Lak boasts its own share of lively nightclubs, beach bars, cabaret shows and even legally operated adult clubs. From cocktails and ocean views, all-nighter live music, cabaret, and fire shows to tasty seafood shacks under palms; there is never a dull moment in Khao Lak after dark. While most of the nightlife is centred around Nang Thong Beach, other popular destinations include Monkey Bar, The Bar, Gecko Bar, and Moo Moo Cabaret Bar.

18. Ride a Canoe on Little Amazon

Ride a Canoe on Little Amazon
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22 km
from city center
18 out of 18
things to do in Khao Lak

Set amidst richly biodiverse swamps, Little Amazon is Khao Lak's unspoiled, Amazon rainforest-like canoeing destination. Tourists can sit on a canoe rowed by Little Amazon's crews, afloat on the gentle currents of a stream called Klong Sung Nae for 3-4 hours. Adventure enthusiasts are rewarded with plenty of chances to see the resident reptiles, birds, snakes, monkeys, fish, beautiful banyans, palms and mangroves.

FAQs on Khao Lak

How can I commute within Khao lak?

The best way to get around in Khao Lak is on foot. Short distances may be covered on bicycles or motorbikes. Songathews run for short distances as with most places in Thailand. Taxis may be hired for long distances or getting out of town.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Khao lak?

The top sightseeing places in Khao lak are Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park, Surin Islands, Similan Islands, Diving in Khao Lak, Nang Thong Beach, Snorkelling in Khao Lak.
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